Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday morning toons: Nuh-uh, no he din't.

Well, yes he totally did. Obama did by executive order what the Congress was poised to do until they realized it might mean actually making Obama look like he was president or something. And so that makes him an impeachable dictator. Like Ronald Reagan. Or Bush 41. Boy is he in trouble now.

There are other topics this week, but Obama made his move early enough in the week that a lot of editorial cartoonists had time to pile on. Cartoonists with howling elephants need not apply. Same with cartoonists who don't understand what executive orders are or how they work, or who would attack Obama for rescuing a puppy from a burning building because, you know, it's Obama.

Also, as one blogger (can't retrieve who it was now, but when I find the link I'll do the right thing) put it, about a dozen women came forward over the years with stories that Cosby drugged and raped them, but it didn't become a thing until a male stand-up comic went off on it. Good for him, but that's not exactly the point; the point is, how messed up is that?

And, apparently, also a thing: Charles Manson got married. Uhm, okay. Because, you know, gay marriage is the real threat to the institution. 

Today's toons were selected by royal edict from the week's offerings at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Politico's Cartoon Gallery, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons,, The Nib, and other fine sources of cartoon goodness.

p3 Medal of Honor: Signe Wilkinson.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 1): Matt Davies and Chris Britt.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 2): Jimmy Margulies and Clay Bennett.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Jeff Danziger and Mike Luckovich.

p3 Certificate of Recognition for Doing What He Can to Keep About 50 Hookers Employed for a Couple of Years: Michael Ramirez.

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Luojie (China), and Marian Kamensky (Austria).

IndyStar cartoonist Gary Varvel took a thumping this week, but I haven't made up my mind: Is the original toon racist (as opposed to thoughtless)? And, if it is, does the tweak fix anything? This feels like a poor decision aimed at compensating for a poor decision.

Ann Telnaes presents an image that will make you want to poke your eyeballs out with red-hot skewers. Good luck.

And speaking of hookers whose jobs depended on the Keystone XL pipeline getting approved by Congress, Mark Fiore pays tribute to the soon-to-be-former-Senator-from-Louisiana.

Tom Tomorrow draws the chalk outline around chivalry. Probably not a moment too soon.

Keith Knight finds the upside. Great, if terrifying, fifth panel, too.

Red Meat's Milkman Dan has a standing rule.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon presents what I consider to be a genuinely disturbing Heathcliff panel. Historical context doesn't help.

Comic Strip of the Day goes off on "Don't confuse me with the facts!"

You're lucky a sailor ain't never allowed to hit a cap'n on his ship! This is the 1936 Popeye cartoon that inspired this New Yorker cartoon. No, not really, of course. Still, "Bridge Ahoy!", a two-spinach-can story directed by Dave Fleischer with animation by Seymour Kneitel and Roland Crandall, does have its moments, most of which end up being a good argument against privatizing infrastructure (although how Popeye's bridge gets paid for is anybody's guess). It also features the signature Olive Oyl line: "You keep your hands to yourself – that's what you are!" Uncredited: musical direction by Sammy Timberg, voice work by Jack Mercer (Popeye), Lou Fleischer (J. Wellington Wimpy), Gus Wickie (Bluto, plus the title song), and Mae Questel (the Slender One).

The Big, And Getting Bigger Since We Completely Threw Out The Rulebook and Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman worries about the whackjobs scaling the fence.

Theoretically, Likely Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen looks at life in the bubble. It's not as easy as you might think. Also, JS is one of the reasons I like to link to artists on DailyKos, because you get to read her talking about her thinking about her work.

Matt Bors is thankful. Also, he wins the Best Third Panel Award this week. A two-fer!

Jesse Springer has a toon that even some Duck fans may not get.  That's hometown team humor for you. (Hint to outlanders: It involves doing 80 in a 55 zone. Is that even illegal anymore?)

Test your toon captioning mojo at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.) And you can browse The New Yorker's cartoon gallery here.

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